October 26, 2016

OK, I'll say it. I don't like the Cubs. I never have and I never will. Growing up in Chicago, most people choose a team early in life. The allegiances are usually passed down from generation to generation. I am thankful my dad brought me up as a White Sox fan. Now here we are, the Cubs in the World Series. This is something I thought I would never have to face in my lifetime.

Why is it we can hang on so strongly to our allegiance towards our sports team? Why do our emotions run so deep? When I really think about it, it sure seems kind of trivial. I get wrapped up emotionally in a kid's game played by grown men who are getting paid millions of dollars to play it.

While I will always cheer for the Sox (and whoever is playing the Cubs), I am thinking I should invest a little more in other things. Jesus showed us a good plan for where our emotional energies should lie. James 1:27 tells us, "Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world."  Maybe a little more emotional energy spent helping people in need would be a good thing.

Anyone who knows me will know that I’ll never be anti-sports. At the same time, I often need a reminder to keep it in its proper perspective. For me that means I need to look a little more closely at the people around me in need and be a little less concerned about who wins the World Series.

Mr. Robert Koehne
Executive Principal